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So we just had a horrible accident at our house and my gsd's top left canine tooth was broken. Am taking him to the vet for an evaluation tomorrow. Has anyone else had this happen and what did you do, how did it turn out.
 

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Yes what Gypsy said! My puppy's tooth was cracked recently, and my regular vet was no help at all for the $60 evaluation fee. Basically said it'll be fine or it won't, I can pull it for about $250! A vet dentist can do a root canal if needed, then cap the tooth. Won't be cheap, but regular vets only do extractions. Might want to check for a veterinary college nearby, could save you some money...
 

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That sounds painful. All I have to add is that you will get more treatment options at a dental specialist rather than a regular vet, but be prepared to pay $2,000+ for treatment. Good luck!
 

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I'm with the others who suggested going straight to a vet dentist. Only vet dentists offer root canals and similar procedures to save the tooth. These are the days when good pet insurance pays for itself!

As Tim said, the only thing that the regular vets offer is extraction -- that's major surgery with canine teeth because of how deep the roots go. I would never agree to do that without talking to a vet dentist! However, the regular vet *might* save you some money by doing the xrays and pre-op bloodwork to send to the vet dentist (the specialists tend to charge slightly more for those things). Just call the specialist first to be sure that they'll accept them from your regular vet, if you're going to do that to save money.


Is there any way to get him in today? Tooth injuries can really hurt (as any human who's had one knows) -- your dog may possibly need some pain meds while you figure out your options.
 

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He's 13 months old and I'm just absolutely crushed about it. I'm taking him to our vet tomorrow and have already read enough to not let them pull it as they already suggested it. Weirdly enough he is a major HUGE whiner when he's in pain (which is beneficial), but besides the huge yelp when it got broken he hasn't made a sound and seems like his old self. So I'm crazy hopeful the break wasn't so bad as to expose the root.
 

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At 13 months old I would be at a veterinary dentist first thing in the morning. Today would have been better . ........... At least give them a call ........! It would be a shame to lose a tooth that could be saved. A root canal still leaves you with a dead and a much weaker tooth.
 

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Nancy's right -- call the vet dentist today and see how soon they can see you! There's a sealing procedure vet dentists can sometimes do if the break isn't bad. It cost me about $400 last time I needed it. It has to be done FAST though. If the window to do it closes, you may have to do a root canal (at $1500-2000, typically).
 

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I have an appointment at 8am with my vet. I'm in Pittsburgh and believe it or not the only certified dentist here sees patients on Monday Friday and Saturday. I'll probably drive up to Buffalo as that is the next closest place (4 hours away) there is a Animal Dental Center there that I'm hoping can see us. I'll have my vet do the bloodwork etc. as someone suggested. Thank you all for your feedback. It's very much appreciated.
 

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You might ask your regular vet to call the local vet dentist in the AM and see if they'll at least look at the xrays tomorrow and advise whether you need to drive to Buffalo, or can wait til Fri. They might be willing to do that over the phone for your vet.
 

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The nearest dental vet (4 hours away) is booked through mid July. Anyone else find this as insane as me? After the appt tomorrow I'll see if I can find someone else that's available, I'll just have to drive further.
 

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I have an appointment at 8am with my vet. I'm in Pittsburgh and believe it or not the only certified dentist here sees patients on Monday Friday and Saturday. I'll probably drive up to Buffalo as that is the next closest place (4 hours away) there is a Animal Dental Center there that I'm hoping can see us. I'll have my vet do the bloodwork etc. as someone suggested. Thank you all for your feedback. It's very much appreciated.


No no no .....there is a fantastic dentist vet here in the Pittsburgh.....John Showalter.....he did a titanium cap on one of my dogs 18 years ago or so....it stayed on all her life....he works out of several hospitals - I think mine was done at the Fox Chapel VCA hospital

Lee
 
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Lee you are a lifesaver! I don't know why I didn't think to ask you first. I just called them and they'll call me first thing in the morning, that Dr is in the office tomorrow. I've been so distraught about this, thank you I'll let you know what happens.
 

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We could not get in right away With Zoey. She collided with our male mouth to mouth and shattered her lower left canine. Our regular vet put her on abx until we got in to see the board certified ortho. The mouth is dirty and a badly broken tooth is an entry point for infection.

Zoey has had her crown for about 7 years now and I'm glad we did it even with the high $$.
 
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